Brad Lafortune New

Brad Lafortune is Métis originally from Sudbury, Ontario. Brad began jigging at a young age and started providing workshops and performances in 2009 upon moving to Ottawa. Brad studied at the University of Ottawa where he received his Bachelor of Science followed by a Master’s of Physiotherapy. Brad enjoys combining his passion for physical activity and wellbeing with a deep love and understanding of his culture. Brad believes jigging is an interactive way to physically engage individuals of any age, all the while learning about the intricacies of Métis culture.

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Understand expressions of Métis culture and identity through dance; explore how dance keeps culture alive and reflects identity; identify how dance builds community and how Métis culture is reflected in Métis dance; blending of dance traditions; active listening skills, patterns of music; rhythm; identify unique dance elements of traditional Métis jigging.


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French Immersion

Métis Jigging

New Program Residency Performance English French French Immersion

Jigging, the traditional dance of the Métis people, was created just like the Métis people themselves – from the merger and blend of First Nations and settler cultures. Its intricate footwork demonstrates similarities to both First Nations and highland dance accompanied by the instruments and form of European music. Celebrate the unique history and culture of Métis people with dances like the “Red River Jig”, “Heel-Toe Polka”, and the “Orange Blossom Special”.

Participants:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
200
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
One performance: 45 minutes (including Q & A) $395 + HST
Two performances (same school, half-day) $565 + HST
Four performances (same school, full day) $865 + HST
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Métis Jigging – Dance workshop:

New Program Residency Workshop English French French Immersion

Students are introduced to traditional Métis jigging, learning the basic steps before engaging in dances including the “Red River Jig”, “Heel-Toe Polka”, “Orange Blossom Special”, and a group dance called the “7 step”. The artist begins with the basics of the dance while discussing the history and importance of the dance, progressing to musical numbers.

Participants:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
One hour session: $335 + HST
Half day: two one-hour sessions $395 + HST
Full day: four one-hour sessions $645 + HST
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Métis Culture and History workshop

New Program Residency Workshop English French French Immersion

From its creation to present day, Métis culture is undoubtedly unique and filled with distinct cultural pieces such as its sash and beadwork; the culture is further reflected in its language, dance, and music. Learn about the creation of the Métis, who they were, who they are now, and where they’re heading.

Participants:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
One hour session: $335 + HST
Half day: two one-hour sessions $395 + HST
Full day: four one-hour sessions $645 + HST
Request a Booking